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Periodic Table of Fashion

Periodic Table of Fashion

Just the thought of looking at the periodic table makes us cringe because of everything that has to be remembered. But thinking about how it has helped us know so much information by just looking at it, gives us some sense of relief. So, thinking about it that way, periodic tables aren’t a confusing problem—they’re a helpful problem-solver.

What if we make things interesting and give the periodic table a fashion-forward twist? Sounds crazy, right?

Well, we recently came across this really amazing periodic table by Sophie and Trey that every style enthusiast would love. The best part about this table is that it has everything you need to rid you from your everyday dressing woes, from color tones belonging from every category like jewel, neutral, bright and soft, to fashion articles to help you decide what goes well with what and how to accessorize your complete look. It’s more like your virtual closet that answers the most important question that you don’t normally get an easy answer for: “What should I wear today?”

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    With the help of this table, we decided to put you out of your sartorial misery and help you with deciding how you can dress yourself on a daily basis while keeping yourself connected with the trends. Well, they say you aren’t completely dressed until you wear the right accessories, so why don’t we see how these everyday outfits can be matched with the right accessories (by the way, they don’t actually say that, but you need accessories to complete your look along with smile, so why not).

    The essential fashion equation

    Yes, there’s an easy equation for this. If you have the essentials sorted, the rest is a piece of cake. You can pair your favorite top with your least favorite bottom, go with an all-black everything look and can also accessorize a rather casual outfit, making it look fancy. So, let’s give you the equation:

    Basic + Dressy + Fixer + Accessories   =  Your Wardrobe for Every day

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    Now that you have a clear equation, let’s work on unlocking this achievement of dressing up flawlessly every day without much effort.

    1. Begin with the basics

    Your basic section of the wardrobe is usually based on neutral colors and staples pieces. If you take a look at the table, a number of ideas to adorn your basic clothing needs will start popping in your head. A basic top in ivory, pencil skirt in charcoal grey accessorized with an ink blue pair of pointed toe heels and a satchel or messenger will make up for an effortless work look. If you are looking for a more exuberant look for your everyday needs, build your basic wardrobe with a mix of bright and neutral or bright and soft tones.

    What you’ll need

    • Basic tops and blouses
    • Sweat shirts
    • Tees
    • Pencil skirts
    • Maxi skirts
    • Culottes
    • Tailored pants
    • Cropped pants
    • A pair of dark washed and light washed jeans

    Trend alert

    Casual and minimal is actually the new black for this season. However, the rule has a stylish shift to it: the simpler the outfit, the dressier the accessories. However, for an everyday look, keep it subtle, without making anything look out of proportion. The table has all the right accessories for you to pick from. Keeping up with trends, the basic white button down is definitely a thing because the runways had them all, from shirts, dresses, to coats and jacket. The classic button down surely has elevated its way to the top.

    The pantone colors of this year: serenity and rose quartz can easily be integrated in your basic wardrobe because of their soothing yet versatile appeal. The colors can be worn both formally and casually.

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    2. Deal with dressy

    This is the category where you can be as creative as you want. You can get your hands on colors, prints, textures, patterns, shimmer or just about anything that can easily work as fancy or vivid. For your rather dressier looks, go with jewel and bright tone. If you really need to turn the colors down, then go for pairing them with soft tones. Tangerine, blood orange, cranberry and emerald green are colors that have a quintessential appeal to them and are just the right hues for night and evening wear.

    What you’ll need

    • Dresses
    • Skirts
    • Bold prints
    • Sequins
    • Fringes
    • Maxi Dresses
    • LBDs
    • LWDs
    • Skirts
    • Gowns
    • Slip dresses

    Trend alert

    There still is a love affair with the 70s going on in the fashion world. Designers for the season were particularly interested in incorporating the 90s and 70s with some modern alteration in their creations. Voluminous ruffles, Victorian and English floral prints, puffy sleeves, cropped details, fringed sequins, and the return of the slip dress all indicates that there is some serious 70s renaissance is happening.

    Make sure you have some romantic floral prints and dresses with bold stripes and solid color play hanging in your dressier section of the closet. Oh, and you may have not noticed but silk PJs with boisterous prints are now worn formally. So, if you really are going to go with the trends, choose the accessories and tones from the periodic table and invest in some glamorous silk PJs. A Spanish spin to prints and cuts was witnessed as a key trend on the runways; you can wear the trend through Spanish-looking prints in your dresses.

    For all the good reasons, off-the-shoulder outfits managed to stay in vogue for the season. So, if you catch your eyes on a ruffled off-the-shoulder top, get that!

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    3. Fix it up with the fixers

    The fixers are more like completers—the cherry on top. Don’t you always need a layer, a spring jacket, a cardigan or a belt to finish off the outfit details? Well, that’s what this little section of your wardrobe will be based on. You would not need much to add to this part but make sure you choose the right colors so that one fixer can work well with a number of outfits.

    What you’ll need

    • A light spring jacket
    • Simple pretty cardigan
    • Chunky belts
    • Scarves

    Trend Alert

    You will be surprised, but jackets and cardigans are still going strong in spring. In fact, they will be gracing the streets this year, more than ever. Why? Because that’s what we’re seeing in fashion shows and on runways. Jackets, sweatshirts, oversized hoodies will be all you need—yes, you can leave your pants at home. Pair them with knee-high boots and stockings to give your legs some cover. As for belts, they are the ultimate fixer and your friend in sartorial needs.

    4. Accessorize for perfection

    Your style equation is never complete without the right shoes, jewelry and bags. So, carefully plan this portion according to the table. You have a number of neutral and bright colors to pick your shoes and bags from. Take a look at the accessories in the periodic table, and you’ll know what you need for your day-to-day outfits.

    What you’ll need

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    • Bags
    • Clutches
    • Heels
    • Chunky sandals
    • Flats
    • Watch
    • Statement earrings and necklaces
    • Delicate ear studs and necklaces

    Trend Alert

    The trends in accessories are more or less the same; shoes get sequined embellishment stone details. However, the more chunky they are, the trendier. Thankfully, we’re still not being too hard on ourselves and going for more flats than heels. As for bags, invest in a chic half-moon bag and some bold colored bags with funky details. The jewelry has a standout element, but they are not heavy on the wearer, so you are free to wear those statement earrings and on a regular day; nothing’s better than a statement watch and delicate jewelry.

    Stay stylish divas, and get the table printed and pated on your wardrobe to minimize the struggle.

    Colors this season transcend cultural and gender norms. Vivid brights give way to excitement and optimism, though quiet stability prevails in this season’s palette

    Featured photo credit: Sophie and Trey via sophieandtrey.com

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    Last Updated on September 28, 2020

    The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

    The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

    At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

    Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

    One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

    When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

    So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

    Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

    This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

    Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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    When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

    Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

    One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

    Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

    An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

    When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

    Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

    Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

    We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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    By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

    Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

    While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

    I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

    You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

    Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

    When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

    Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

    Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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    Con #2: Less Human Interaction

    One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

    Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

    Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

    This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

    While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

    Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

    Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

    This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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    For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

    Con #4: Unique Distractions

    Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

    For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

    To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

    Final Thoughts

    Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

    We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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